Connecticut Food Bank and Foodshare received more than 400 turkeys as part of their annual drive to end hunger during the holidays.
Almost half a million Connecticut residents struggle with hunger, including one of every five Connecticut children uncertain of when they will receive their next meal.
“It’s time to give back sometimes,” said Jeff Warner, of Plainville, at today’s event. “And [now] is a good time to do that.”
With donation hubs set up in West Hartford and Groton, donors served their communities in all eight counties.
“We are all about giving back to the community, and this is one of the ways we do that during the year,” NBC Connecticut General Manager Susan Tully said.
NBC Connecticut joined forces with Access Health CT, Foodshare and Connecticut Food Bank to host the event. Both Foodshare and Connecticut Food Bank offer donation opportunities year-around.
“[We are] so grateful for folks who are turning out with turkeys and all the trimmings for the holiday meal,” Paul Shipman, of Connecticut Food Bank, said. “But it's also about helping people through the tough winter season, and really hoping we can engage people in this fight against hunger all year.”